Adult Reading Challenge



Let’s have some fun and read together! Fairfield Public Library is excited to introduce a year-long adult reading challenge for 2023. Join in to explore different genres, discover new authors and be entered to win prizes! To complete the challenge, read just one book in each category by midnight on December 31st, 2023.

All registrants will receive a customized FPL reading log. Everyone who registers will receive a special magnetic bookmark. As a bonus, every month that you participate you will be entered into a monthly raffle for a $50 gift card to a local Fairfield business.

Register SOON and start logging!

Complete one book per month in that month’s genre. The format will be the same for every month with a new genre each month to help expand your reading. These are the genres for each month:

January 2023A Blast From The Past – Historical Fiction, history or biographies.
February 2023 – Screen Gems – Books turned into movies, TV series & more.
March 2023 – Back to Nature – Nature, gardening, animals – your choice on how to explore nature.
April 2023 – Short Stack – Pick up a book of poetry or a book of short stories.
May 2023 – Music in May – Books about music, bands, musicians or singers.
June 2023Famously Social – Books mentioned in social media or in any celebrity book clubs.
July 2023 – Fun in the Sun! – Sizzling reads: a romance novel? A grilling cookbook? Your choice!
August 2023 – Podcast Reads – Any book mentioned in FPL’s What are You Reading podcast
September 2023Read a Challenged Book – Any challenged/banned book or any classic you haven’t yet read.
October 2023 – Thrills and Chills – Cozy mysteries, horror, thriller, crime.
November 2023 – Armchair Traveler – Books with an international author or setting.
December 2023Dazzling Debuts – Explore books by first time authors.

Up for more of a challenge?! Every month read 4 more books in the genre to get an additional raffle ticket for the monthly drawing! Decide which level you wish to achieve, read the required number of books each month and redeem your prize in December! Prizes are not cumulative. One prize, per person.

The 3 reading activities are as follows:

  1. Read the genre book and record it in Beanstack. This will fulfill the bookmark requirement. If you read a book in each genre every month from January to December 2023 for a total of 12 books this will fulfill the coffee mug requirement.
  2. Read the genre book along with 4 other genre titles and record them in Beanstack. If you continue to read 5 books in each genre every month from January to December 2023 for a total of 60 books this will fulfill the customized t-shirt requirement.

When all 12 months are completed you will earn bragging rights and a digital finisher’s badge. Let’s have some fun!!!


    • Do both fiction and non-fiction titles count towards the challenge?
      • Yes! Either fiction or non-fiction titles can be read for any genre unless it isn’t possible to fit the category.


    • Do audiobooks and graphic novels count in this challenge?
      • Yes! Both audiobooks and graphic novels are perfectly acceptable.


    • If I sign up for the challenge later in the year, can books I’ve already read be applied to the challenge or can I only count books that are read after I’ve officially registered?
      • Any books read between the program start and end date can be counted towards the challenge, regardless of when you register, as long as they fulfill each genre.


    • Can I read one book and apply it to multiple categories?
      • Each title you read can only fulfill a single requirement.


    • If I read a book for the challenge that I’ve already read before, does it still count?
      • Yes! If you read through a book during the challenge, it can be used, regardless of how many times you’ve read it in the past.


  • Where can I pick-up journals, pens and year-end prizes?
    • Prizes can be picked up at the Main Library or Woods Library information desks.